A longtime Republican consultant who has been harshly criticized by Donald J. Trump filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Monday accusing him and his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of making false statements that harmed her professionally and personally.
The consultant, Cheri Jacobus, accused Mr. Trump and Mr. Lewandowski of libeling her by depicting her as a disappointed job-seeker who turned on Mr. Trump after he declined to hire her.
When Ms. Jacobus criticized Mr. Trump on CNN in late January and early February, Mr. Trump branded her on Twitter as “a real dummy” who had “begged my people for a job.” Mr. Lewandowski described her in similar terms on television.
But in the legal filing, Ms. Jacobus claims those accusations were false and caused “enormous damage to her career and reputation, significant emotional distress” and held her up to “public ridicule.”
The jabs from the Trump camp prompted an onslaught of online abuse, according to the lawsuit and news reports. “The attacks by Trump’s followers were laced with sexual degradation and pornographic vulgarity,” the lawsuit states. It says of Ms. Jacobus, “She was depicted in numerous graphic illustrations as an appropriate victim for rape and sexual assault.”
For those of you who aren’t on social media a lot, that last paragraph is standard fare for Trump’s online army whenever anyone dares besmirch their messiah. “Unhinged” would be an upgrade in the condition of the Trump Twitter Brigade. (I would like to reiterate for the zillionth time that I’m not saying that all Trump supporters are like this, merely that the most active ones on social media are.) Here’s an example Jacobus retweeted today:
Trump supporter. What a surprise. https://t.co/o8auXo1u6k
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 18, 2016
YAH U KNOW U MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT MICHELLE FIELDS SHAM w/SLUT MEGYN KELLY,NOW HAVE “EGG ON YIUR FACE” DUH GET IT?? https://t.co/Me7XEN7NF8
— Tina (@Rupaloveslarry) April 18, 2016
Here is a link to the full filing, which describes the events in Jacobus’s words. In a “He said/She said” battle it is pretty easy to lean towards her version as having veracity, given what we’ve seen from the Trump campaign thus far.
HotAir‘s John Sexton tweeted this screen shot of an interesting exchange between Jacobus and Lewandowski:
Excerpt from the @CheriJacobus lawsuit regarding Fox News and Trump:
— John Sexton (@verumserum) April 18, 2016
This comes from the campaign that’s been complaining about unfair treatment from FNC for months.
By the way, Trump’s numbers with women are already abysmal.